After all Eggs are good for you

By Dr Harold Gunatillake - Health Writer

Eggs were considered as balls of cholesterol and most wives deprived their husbands of giving an egg a day, quite unwisely and ignorantly, not knowing the health benefits with so much of essential nutrients. The table has turned after a research paper appearing in Medical News Today, Academic Journal, and article dated 25 Dec 2012.

The opening paragraph states: Eating whole eggs can improve lipoprotein profiles for patients with metabolic syndrome and also help them with weight management.

The finding came from new research that was conducted by a team led by Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez, Professor at the University of Connecticut, and was published in the journal Metabolism.

Let’s talk about the ‘Metabolic Syndrome’, a syndrome most people do have, and in the U.S. the figures go up to 34% and further increasing, too. By definition a person is labelled as having metabolic syndrome, if he or she suffers from at least 3 or more of the following risk factors:

  • high triglycerides
  • low HDL cholesterol
  • large waistline
  • increased blood sugar
  • high blood pressure

It is most likely that you would develop heart disease when you suffer from metabolic syndrome. Such patients are told to avoid eating food containing high cholesterol and high saturated fats, such as meat, dairy products eggs, among others.

In a study, middle aged males and females with metabolic syndrome were split into two groups, one group was asked to eat 3 eggs each day and the other are the same amount of egg substitute as part of a carbohydrate restricted diet to lose weight.

It was revealed that both groups had increased HDL cholesterol, decrease in plasma triglycerides and improved lipid profiles. Both groups had no impact on their cholesterol or total blood cholesterol though they were eating twice the amount of cholesterol than they were before the experiment.

Dr. Luz Fernandez explained:
"Eating egg yolks was actually associated with enhanced health benefits in these high-risk individuals. Subjects consuming whole eggs had greater increases in HDL cholesterol and more significant reductions in the LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio than those who ate the cholesterol-free egg substitute."

Eggs are high in fats; Eggs do have about 5 grams of fat, but mainly healthy unsaturated fat, and only 1.5grams of saturated fat.

Eggs are nutritious food, contains 11 different vitamins and minerals in good amount. So why waste money on buying vitamin supplements, not so cheap? Eggs contain fat soluble vitamin D which is necessary for wellbeing and most people deficient in and a cause of cancer and brittle born (osteoporosis).

For most people the cholesterol in an egg does not add onto the number in the blood, because the amount of saturated fat is so small in eggs.

You can enjoy up to six eggs a week with no guilt. Start today.


Dr Gunatillake-Health editor is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Member of the Australian Association of Cosmetic Surgery. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK), Corresponding Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Member of the International Societies of Cosmetic surgery, Fellow of the International College of Surgery (US), Australian diplomat for the International Society of Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery, Board member of the International Society of Aesthetic Surgery, Member of the American Academy of Aesthetic & restorative Surgery, Life Member of the College of Surgeons, Sri Lanka, Batchelor of Medicine & Surgery (Cey): Government scholar to UK for further studies.

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